What's Crack'n Peoples!
"Attention Artists!" I have heard you complain about paying a dee jay $20 to $50 to help push your record well guess what? Now the industry is fighting back you say screw the labels and radio stations now the powers that be now say "YOU'RE DONE!" (Your time is up!) artists you will kiss the ground that the old DJ, publicist or promoter who gave you or your as well as the chance yet missed all because you didn't want to do a drop to or pay or co-promote yourself (by reposting that article radio show or whatever platform that that gave you. NO MORE people are fed up with the disrespectful attitudes and neglect and now saying basically FORGET the independents! Now this will be across the board but was actually created for Urban music due to the way we have been conducting business as of lately.
When did you artists get the nerve to charge DJ's or radio stations for promotional visits after they broke your record? ( I missed that memo but you'll pay Viacom Thousand who will play your sh@ only once shame on YOU!!) This is just one of the reasons another reason is the lack of respect saying with artists saying excuse my french but the F word to the Dj's (See Here) then to add insult on injury not wanting to give drops or showing up to interviews high as hell and not even promoting the same show your gonna be on. Well like I said the industry is getting fed up this will NO LONGER BE TOLERATED! Now for all of you that think this its a joke see "here".
Now if that didn't wake you up dig this Howard Stern & David Letterman buys labels see here for David Letterman & here for Ellen De Genereres label and this is becoming a trend. Now what does that means for you the independent why would I if im a corporate brand invest in you with your maybe if your hustling hard 50+ myspace twitter followers when I can invest in a household name with millions of fans? Hymmmmmmm see GOD don't like ugly and just when we get full of ourselves he administers a good old fashion reminder that basically says I built you up I can tear you down so don't forget where you came from! (See Here)
You have got to do better its not how much you have but the effort you put out! Let's 1st start by respecting around you that help daily also those you need to help break your record you can start by NOT coming at sideways or like they are idiots telling them your the flyest thing since slice bread when no one outside your block or city has ever heard of you!( Just see Micheal Jackson & Prince who are world-wide icons who are still promoted their brand! ) Secondly less is more!!! Let your work do the talking (Stop Over doing this swag shit confidence is great but action speak louder than words) trust me a industry vet can smell a imposter mile away. Another point is respect his/her time start by properly introducing yourself remember your in the music business for example:
Good morning/Afternoon/evening (or whenever) Mr/Ms _________________________
I have done my research (AND MORE IMPORTANTLY PLEASE DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!!)and it has come to my attention you are the person I need to speak with I know you probably receive a lot of mail so I'm going to get right to the point. I would like to work with you I don't have a huge budget but I have _____ what can be done if anything for that price also I am willing to do trade promote your brand , pass out flyers or even intern to secure your services. I understand that your about your business and I want to show you I value you as I hope you will do once you've gotten a chance to review my music, one-sheet, video and/or E.P.K once again thank you for your time and the opportunity to network with you.
Let's speak again soon what is a good time and what is the best way to contact you?
Now that will increase your chances immensely its not what you do but how you do it nor what you say but how that message is being conveyed. This has been a Cool V 411 and some real talk please take heed. Stay humble invest in yourself because if you don't why should others. Stop looking for handouts and acting like the world owe you something you don't go into pizza hut or corporate America with that attitude you shouldn't come into this business (The Key Word Business)with it either!
I wish you all the best and ONLY YOU can make a difference people give me feedback on this one!!